4:59 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Summit To Map Florida's Education Direction

Credit StateImpact Florida

With Florida's public-school system facing major questions, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced plans for a summit next week that will bring together political, business and education leaders.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Food and Nutrition in Public Schools

08/22/13 ~ 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Joseph Cooper interview Penny Parham, Administrative Director for the Department of Food and Nutrition for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.  Also, joining the conversation, is Mary Mulder, Director Food Nutrition Services for Broward County Public Schools.  We discuss exciting new food programs including expanding after school meal services and new emphasis on breakfast on campus. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan

Seven50 logo

08/22/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an update on South Florida’s Seven-50initiative. “Seven-50” is a blueprint for steering growth among Southeast  Florida’s seven counties:  Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River. It considers transportation, housing, jobs and the environmental concerns over the next five decades. Guests are: Michael Busha, Seven50 Management Team, Executive Director of Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC); Victor Dover, Seven50 Lead Consultant, Principal – Dover Kohl & PartnersJoe Quinty, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Project Manager for the Tri-Rail Coastal Link.

And more, in the second half of the program: Linda Gassenheimer’s annual “back to school” lunch program, with dietary chiefs from both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Tune in for Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1.

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Income Mobility
11:56 am
Thu August 22, 2013

If You're Poor In Florida, You're Better Off Working In Miami

Above is a map from the study by a team of top economists. Lighter colors represent areas where low-income children are more likely to rise up to a higher income level.
Credit Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, Emmanuel Saez /

Children from low income families in Florida have the best chance of achieving a higher income level if they grow up in Miami.


I was.  Based on my layman's understanding, I thought we would have low rates of income mobility.

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The Cuban Kitchen
11:54 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The Cuban Kitchen: Here Are Some Of Your Stories

A mural at Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market on the Miami River.
Credit Trina Sargalski

"The maraca sound of steam escaping the pressure cooker" and the aroma of sofrito, the "holy trinity" of vegetables and spices that is fundamental to many Cuban dishes: These are a few of the salient memories of the Cuban kitchen that listeners shared with us. Take a look at the timeline below to read stories about "cake de nata," an industrial-sized flan recipe and more.

Thanks to all who shared your stories and memories with us. Some of the quotes have been altered for length or clarity.

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11:13 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Federal Budget Cuts Seen Hitting Latinos Especially Hard

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd District) speaks at a press conference Wednesday hosted by the National Council of La Raza on the impact of federal sequestration cuts on Latinos.
Credit Patience Haggin

The federal budget sequestration—the $1 trillion in automatic budget cuts triggered when Congress failed to reach a budget deal earlier this year, has had an particularly harsh impact on the Latino community, local activist groups said at a press conference Wednesday.

The cuts have particularly affected the federal preschool program HeadStart and Meals on Wheels program, which provides free meals to seniors in need.

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The Cuban Kitchen
7:48 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The Cuban Kitchen: Miami Blogger Cooks Her Way Through Nitza Villapol Book

Christina Gomez-Pina (second from left) with her daughter, mother (left), grandmother (second from right) and mother-in-law (right). Gomez-Pina's grandmother holds the copy of Cocina al Minuto that she brought from Cuba.

Nitza Villapol was basically the Julia Child of Cuba. She wrote dozens of editions of her cookbook, Cocina al Minuto, and she hosted a Cuban TV show of the same name for 45 years. In many Cuban kitchens, there's a well-worn copy of one of her cookbooks tucked in a kitchen drawer.

Christina Gomez-Pina, in Kendall, had a copy of the cookbook on her bookshelf. Her mother-in-law gave her Cocina al Minuto on Gomez-Pina's wedding day: "It sat on the shelf for nine years except for one time when I used it to make a dulce de leche cortadito."

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Back To School
7:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Why Convergence Is Important To Improving Public Education

Americans with a bachelor’s degree are more likely to marry, stay married and have a two-parent household.

For decades now, public education has been in “crisis.”  And since the founding of the U.S. Department of Education, we’ve searched for ways to promote student achievement and prepare for global competitiveness.

There is little question as to why. As the workforce becomes more educated, and increasingly globalized, an educated workforce becomes increasingly important. And study after study proves that educational attainment leads to economic mobility.

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The Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Profit Or Performance? Charter Public Schools

Jon Hage may be one of the most important school leaders you probably have never heard of. No one elected him to a school board or hired him as a superintendent.

But his company, Charter Schools USA based in Fort Lauderdale, is one of the fastest growing charter school operators. It runs more than a dozen schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and has expanded to a half dozen more states.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

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4:34 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Hurricane Season A Bust? Not So Fast

Hurricane Sandy
Credit FlickR/NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Almost halfway finished, the 2013 hurricane season has been a breeze in Florida.

But Craig Fugate, the federal government's top emergency manager, looks at things a little differently. His question: "Have we started playing college football yet?"

Fugate and Bryan Koon, director of the state Division of Emergency Management, held a news conference Wednesday to reinforce the message that Florida is just entering the thick of hurricane season in late August and September --- which, coincidentally is when college football starts.

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